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Shrink bundler

The System 2000 Flight Bar shrink bundler from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) packs 50 trayless six-pack cans/min using twin lanes and 24 trayless 12-pack cans/min on a single lane.
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Two picking arms, each equipped with seven vacuum cups, rotate to pick carton blanks from the magazine feed and place them in
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Equipment made for the shade

Rising demand for its Sun-Gard solar control window film made this Florida firm take a hard look at its packaging operation. Custom-built cartoning and case packing equipment was the answer.
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Medical pouch sealer

The MS-350 medical pouch sealer from Fuji Impulse (Roosevelt, NJ) is microprocessor-controlled to allow users to set and control impulse time, cooling time and temperature of the sealing surface.
At the company?s Aurora, IL, Center for Customer Satisfaction, Weyerhaeuser?s Dick Warrick stands at the control panel of a vibr
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LTL shipments can now take performance packaging route

Users of performance-based Rule 180 for less-than-truckload shipments may face some obstacles. But opportunities exist to reduce transit damage and please customers.
Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.
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Nabisco enters variety snack category in stand-up pouches

Nabisco Biscuit Co., East Hanover, NJ, is breaking into the variety snack category with Doyan-style stand-up pouches with reclosable plastic zippers.
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Adhesive film laminates

Quick-Stick (TM) film/foam cohesive laminates from Astro-Valcour (Glen Falls, NY) are made of PE foam laminated to a proprietary film. They fold easily and stick to themselves to make custom wraps for a wide range of products.
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Environmental legislation may be left at gate

Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
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Imagesetter aids Chicago Litho Plate

An imagesetter is providing faster turnaround time, added flexibility and improved separation quality and accuracy for Chicago Litho Plate's prepress operations.
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Bag former

The Multicover 949e from BBC Industries (Fenton, MO) uses rolls of gusseted film, tubing, pre-folded or regular film to make bags, covers or wraps of various lengths.
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Common sense approach to regulations?

So far, so good seems to be the consensus among packaging industry lobbyists as Congress continues to move swiftly on regulatory reform, part of the House Republicans' Contract With America.
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Flowrapper

Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
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Converter adds third wicketer for PE bags

Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.

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